HONOLULU (KHON2) — If you’re traveling to Hawaii during hurricane season, June 1 through November 30, you’ll want to know these tips in case you get caught in a tropical storm while on vacation.
According to Hawaii Emergency Management Agencyhurricane-force winds, 74 miles per hour or more, can destroy buildings and mobile homes.
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Currently, Hawaii meteorologists and forecasters are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Darby which was recently downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane early Tuesday morning.
Hurricane Darby is center about 1,600 miles east of Hilo at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. It is expected to weaken as it moves through the central Pacific hurricane area of responsibility on Thursday.
If Hurricane Darby isn’t weakening or you’re in Hawaii during another potential hurricane threat, you’ll want to have a plan.
Hawaii Aloha Travel released their list of things to do in the event of a hurricane in Hawaii.
They suggest being aware and checking with local forecasters to see if a hurricane is possible while in Hawaii.
5 tips for traveling to Hawaii during hurricane season:
- Check in with your hotel
- Contact your airline
- stay out of the ocean
- Tell your friends or family where you are
- Be ready for anything
While vacationing in Hawaii during a storm, you’ll need to rely on your hotel for up-to-date information. A good question to ask is whether the hotel or rental you are staying in has an evacuation plan.
When the weather is bad, airlines delay, postpone and even cancel flights. If this happened to you, you will want to contact them and coordinate when you can reschedule that flight.
Even after a storm hits Hawaii, it’s always a good rule to stay out of the ocean. During heavy downpours, freshwater streams and rivers will be polluted and then flow into the ocean, making the water cloudy.
It’s always good to let people know where you are, especially in a weather emergency. That way, in the event of a big storm, someone will know where you are.
Being prepared is the best thing you can do when visiting Hawaii during hurricane season. Chances are you won’t be in Hawaii in the event of a hurricane, but it could happen.
Make sure you have enough snacks and water to help you in case you need to go to an evacuation center.
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For more helpful information on how to prepare when vacationing in Hawaii during a storm, go to Hawaii Aloha Travel’s website.